Canon Software - Worth Keeping?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Wilba, May 6, 2008.

  1. Wilba

    Wilba Guest

    I've just installed some apps from the current EOS Digital Solution Disk
    (17.1) - CameraWindow, Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, PhotoStitch,
    RAW Image Task, and ZoomBrowser EX.

    I already have Photoshop CS3, and use things like ACDSee Pro and AutoStitch
    for some tasks. For the number of shots I take, I don't have any current
    requirements for fancy workflow tools. Things might change as I get into
    working with raw files, but I'm not sure how.

    I'm interested in what you've found in the Canon software that is worth

    CameraWindow doesn't seem to work at all (with a 450D).

    The EOS Utility seems like the only thing that adds any real value.

    Opinions? Ideas? Thanks!
    Wilba, May 6, 2008
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  2. DPP is a gem, although i also use CS3 and Lightroom, i sometimes go back to
    DPP for critical images with skin colors - colors are reproduced much better
    IMHO than in every other raw converter. It´s quick, lean and easy to use, i
    use it more and more during the last months. I think that canon knows his
    own RAW formats best, so their software might also produce he best image

    The only time i used the EOS utilty was to transfer my name in the camera,
    i´ve never used it since then. I skip all the other software, too.

    Markus Fuenfrocken, May 6, 2008
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  3. Wilba

    OldBoy Guest

    DPP is unrivaled in RAW conversions.
    I use EOS-utility to transfer the images from camera to PC
    The ZoomBrowser editor is perfect for converting RAW tot TIFF on the fy.
    OldBoy, May 6, 2008
  4. Wilba

    user Guest

    Not really. It only does lateral chromatic aberration correction for
    certain lenses, not for all. Photoshop with the proper plugin can do
    all lenses.

    Doug McDonald
    user, May 6, 2008
  5. Wilba

    OldBoy Guest

    I mentioned RAW-conversions, not image alternations :)
    Besides, are all the PS tricks and possiblities worth a $1000 for normal
    OldBoy, May 6, 2008
  6. I don't care for PhotoStitch. I get MUCH better results from autopano
    and hugin.
    John Ferguson, May 6, 2008
  7. Wilba

    Pat Guest

    Yes it is.
    Pat, May 7, 2008
  8. Wilba

    Tom from WI Guest

    I like the ZoomBrowser for reviewing pictures, both as thumbnails and in a
    slide show. I also use the renumbering features in ZoomBrowser to renumber
    the pictures after I have organized them.
    Tom from WI, May 7, 2008
  9. So if you found ways of doing the editing you require in free
    software, you could spend another $1000 on camera, lenses, etc.. I
    wonder which of buying Photoshop or buying better kit would improve my
    photography the most?
    Chris Malcolm, May 7, 2008
  10. Wilba

    Wilba Guest

    Interesting, thanks.
    I can see myself using the remote shooting function sometime.
    Wilba, May 7, 2008
  11. Wilba

    Wilba Guest

    I guess I'm leaning towards ACR, probably because of DPReview's enthusiasm
    for it. I'll have to do some experiments. :)
    What do you get out of working with TIFFs?
    Wilba, May 7, 2008
  12. Wilba

    Wilba Guest

    I've heard good things about Autopano, but I don't do enough to justify
    paying for an application to do it. I'll have a look at hugin, thanks.
    Wilba, May 7, 2008
  13. Wilba

    Wilba Guest

    OK. I've tried a handful of programs like that and never really got the
    point of them, except for the way that ACDSee gives me a good histogram that
    I can use to compare exposures. I guess I just don't have a need for what
    they do. :-/
    That sounds useful ... but I doubt that I'd ever use it. :) Thanks.
    Wilba, May 7, 2008
  14. There are no other RAW converters? I beg to differ. I know
    of quite a few that (unlike DPP) actually happen to run on my
    computers ...

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 7, 2008
  15. David J Taylor, May 7, 2008
  16. Wilba

    Focus Guest

    None are as good. Only DPP reveals the true details of the CR2.
    If you know how to use DPP, it won't crash...
    Focus, May 7, 2008
  17. Wilba

    OldBoy Guest

    I don't use TIFF myself, but did some research; it works very well.
    OldBoy, May 7, 2008
  18. Wilba

    OldBoy Guest

    With no rivals, DPP can't be unrivaled :)
    OldBoy, May 7, 2008
  19. True, I heard the same from the former used-car salesman (who was,
    I am told, let go for dishonesty) as he tried to sell me a dozen
    or two DPPs. After all, he said, you wouldn't wash your car with
    a dirty, used cloth, so why use a used DPP for a fresh CR2?
    It doesn't crash. It simply does not run. Which surprises me
    not in the least.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 7, 2008
  20. Wilba

    Focus Guest

    Are you sniffin glue again?
    Must be your system, because others don't have this problem, including me.
    Maybe you should try a legal version that comes with a Canon camera?
    Focus, May 7, 2008
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